Light and hope

In the last few days soldiers from US Armed Forces have begun to arrive in preparation for Operation Healthy Delta (part of the reserve training program) which kicks off Monday at 9:00 am. The soldiers will be providing medical assessments and screenings, dental extractions and fillings, eye exams and glasses, and wellness screenings. It is a cooperative effort of the Department of Defense, The Delta Regional Commission, city government and police, the community college, the local hospital, the Charitable Clinic, local church’s and numerous volunteers. Similar cooperation is seen in the other 3 location of this operation. In nine days the soldiers goal is to provide services to 1,800 people from Mississippi county and nearby.

It is a pleasure to be a part of a collaborative effort of so many diverse organizations and people. It reveals just what can be done, when dedicated people come together to serve others. Before the first patient is seen it is already a source to hope and inspiration.

I suppose what I am getting at is in a culture full of instant news, which tends to be dark, dangerous and gloomy, there is light and hope. From families gathering in support of the marriage of two delightful ladies, to medical services provided to all who care to walk in the door. Look for, listen for it, join in, proclaim it; it will change the lives of those around you, it will change your life.

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